Open Society Foundations Justice Initiative: Legal Officer (Equality and Inclusion) – deadline 4 June

The Justice Initiative, an operational program of The Open Society Foundations, uses litigation and other forms of legal advocacy to empower people, defend the rule of law, and advance human rights. Through litigation, advocacy, research, and technical assistance, it promotes and defends accountability for international crimes, combats racial discrimination and statelessness, supports criminal justice reform, challenges abuses related to national security and counterterrorism initiatives, expands access to and exercise of freedom of information and expression, and confronts corruption linked to the exploitation of natural resources.

Based in London or Budapest, and reporting to the Senior Managing Legal Officer for Equality and Citizenship, the Legal Officer for Equality and Inclusion will work with a high degree of autonomy, developing and implementing projects, chiefly but not exclusively in Europe.

Essential duties and responsibilities include:

  • Building relationships with civil society partners, affected communities, institutional officials, academics and OSF. colleagues working on issues of equality and discrimination
  • Providing legal advice and subject-matter knowledge to partners within/outside OSF; evaluate issues and cases for potential involvement.
  • Undertaking litigation including client care and community engagement, researching, drafting, and pleading where required.
  • Designing and support advocacy campaigns targeted at local or national institutions and governments and regional and international institutions. 

Candidates should have a law degree, and at least 7 years’ PQE, as well as practical experience of using a combination of litigation, community engagement, policy advocacy and strategic communications to promote effective enforcement of antidiscrimination law and substantive equality of disadvantaged groups. A licence to practice in at least one EU country is highly desirable. 

Please submit a cover letter and a copy of any legal writing sample as part of your application – further details on how to apply can be found here.




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